Scout Shows Dogged Determination on Challenging Eagle Project

Dogged determination. It’s something every Eagle Scout candidate needs to be able to get through all of the challenges involved in reaching Scouting’s highest rank.

Of course, when a Scout’s Eagle project is designed for dogs, an extra serving of dogged determination sure does come in handy.

Scout Shows Dogged Determination on Challenging Eagle Project
Scout Cooper O. and Brenna, a two-year-old rescue dog (photo: Caitlin Andrews)

Just ask, Eagle Scout candidate Cooper O., a dog lover from the Boy Scouts of America Daniel Webster Council who is faced with a pretty big challenge in the form of building not one, but two dog parks for his Eagle Scout project.

Growing up in a small town, Cooper has spent a lot of time at the town’s main park, but, like others in his community, he noticed that some of the pet owners who also enjoy the park don’t always do a good job of cleaning up after their precious pups.

“You’re responsible for your dog, and that’s a part of your dog,” he said. “You should take care of it, but people don’t.”

In thinking about how he might help solve the city’s problem, Cooper’s neighbor actually helped him hit on a solution when that neighbor mentioned that the town could benefit from a dog park.

Cooper knew immediately that a dog park would make a great Eagle Scout project, so he began the process of figuring out how to make it happen.

As he researched, he discovered that there might really be a benefit to constructing two dog parks – one for smaller dogs, and one for larger dogs.

To learn more about Cooper’s dogged determination to make his dog parks a reality, be sure to read the full article in the Concord Monitor.

To learn more about the positive impact that Scouting can have on young people like Cooper, be sure to check out this article on the recent Tufts study, and watch this video:


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